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Melania Galea

Melania Galea
Startups: Catwalk15
Nationality: Romanian
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I am a passionate programmer that interned at Google Summer of Code in 2011 and 2012 where I was first introduced to the Android world and became aware of the mobile’s powerful potential. I worked for Nokia in 2011 on a chat client and an internal tool for project management. Working for Nokia cultivated my entrepreneurship appetite and started to consider developing my own business. As I become more interested in the startups area I started working with UberVU, a B2B Romanian startup that offers insightful market information to various brands. UberVU was acquired by Hootsuite in 2014.
In 2015 I received the Anita Borg Scholarship from Google for technical and leadership excellence.

I graduated from Computer Science in Babes-Bolyai University as a Valedictorian. My Bachelor thesis addressed Machine Learning and Robotics. I built a robot out of an iRobot body and a Lego NXT arm that would wipe the dust on a plain surface and detect obstacle objects in its way. I also followed a Master’s Degree in Distributed Systems and for the Master’s Thesis I built an mobile application that recognised people in a database and delivered information about them in an augmented reality interface. I eventually ported the application on Google Glasses and turned it into a tool that can be used by tech companies to ramp up new employees.

I am creative and restless in my professional journey and I am constantly trying to use technology to solve real life problems. Having a passion for the fashion industry and jewellery in particular, I bought a 3D printer and assembled it myself to be able to print custom models of my own earrings.

I am currently working on my startup, Catwalk15, a fashion platform for instant fashion advice and style inspiration. I am in charge of the technology, I built the Android and the IOS applications, I am driving the product development, manage the team and act as a swiss army knife wherever I can contribute.

I love jazz and singing, literature and longboarding and I am a keen feminist, working to make women more confident in their leadership and creative powers.

My life dream is to use technology to revolutionise education, starting from Romania and expending to the world. I am a strong believer that if you give a person a fish you feed him for a day, but if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.

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